Indian farmers march to victory

 
BY:Scott Hiley| March 13, 2018
Indian farmers march to victory

Like their counterparts around the world, farmers in the Indian state of Maharashtra face low crop prices and heavy debt burdens, and a precarious livelihood.  Fed up with the right-wing BJP government’s failure to keep its promises, a group of 50,000 farmers organized by the All India Kisan Sabha, or Peasants’ Union, marched over 100 miles to gather in Mumbai, the state capital.

They came barefoot but determined; they left victorious.  After a brief meeting with the farmers’ delegates on Monday, the state government agreed to all their demands. A great step forward, but neither the beginning nor the end of the fight for India’s farmers.  Read more here.

Photo by Alka Chupkar, using One Plus.  Courtesy of Communist Party of India (Marxist).

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    Scott Hiley has taught French, literature, history, and philosophy at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels.  A member of CPUSA since 2010, he is active in struggles against austerity and for education justice and labor rights. His articles have appeared in the People's World (US), the Morning Star (UK), and l'Humanité (France). He lives in a rural town in upstate NY.

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